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The SAM as a Framework to Catch the Generation Process of Inequality in the Households Income Distribution

newdigital The SAM as a Framework to Catch the Generation Process
of Inequality in the Households Income Distribution
Article
journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2019 - 4
title The SAM as a Framework to Catch the Generation Process of Inequality in the Households Income Distribution
authors
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 05-2020
doi 10.26350/000518_000035
issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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The paper introduces the Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) as a suitable framework to catching the inequality generating process of households income distribution. This framework which allows linking personal to functional income distribution highlights the linkages between the different sources of inequality: the macro features of the productive system and the individual/household endowments. This approach, we argue, could be useful in evaluating the impact of ‘‘policies’’, aimed at reducing poverty and inequality ex-ante. The paper shows, also, how the SAM could be a step towards a ‘‘system of distributional accounts’’ (DINA). This approach is aimed to collect macro National Account (NA) data making them consistent with the microdata coming from the households income surveys. Two numerical examples, referred to the Italian economy, based on the SAM as a tool of policy analysis are introduced. The resulting multipliers matrices help to highlight the existence of relationships between functional and personal income distribution.

keywords

SAM, Personal income distribution, Factor income distribution

Authors biography

Marisa Civardi, Emeritus Professor, Bicocca University. Email: marisa.civardi@unimib.it.
Renata Targetti Lenti, Emeritus Professor, Pavia University. Email: targetti@unipv.it.